The percentage of dialysis clinics that took a penalty based on lower performance scores for quality measures in 2012 is similar to the 2010 results, according to date released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
 
Scoring of dialysis facilities based on performance in 2012 impacts payments this year. About 9.5% of U.S. dialysis clinics will see a reduction. That is close to the 10% seen in 2013, and considerably lower than the 30% of clinics that got penalized in 2012. The ESRD QIP works in three-year cycles; the first year is performance, the second year is evaluation based on the QIP scoring system, and the third year is penalty assessment.


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Dialysis clinics this year will see payment penalties, if any, assessed in 2016.

Each dialysis facility can access their clinic’s score at dialysisreports.org. For a downloadable Excel spreadsheet of scores and penalties for all U.S. facilities, go to www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/08_ReportandCert.html and download the Performance Score Summary Reports at the bottom of the page.

Scores and penalties for previous payment years 2012 and 2013 are also available.